Lowtech, recycle technology to make art.
Lowtech was born from the minds of the group Redundant Technology Initiative in 1997 and is one of the few company where technology, creativity and education are associated with accessibility. Headquartered in Sheffield, UK, aim to build a new way to use and "live" technology, overturning the logic that feeds the IT market. No new computers and powerful to be eagerly bought, but those no longer in use, that the business company shed every year and are going to join the landfills. Last year, more than a million PCs were thrown from the business English. The project Lowtech instead instills awareness, in a creative and fun, that technology can be used "artfully" and many old machines are not to be deleted, but they can always be useful for training or to relive in an art installation: the RTI in fact do not buy computers, but reuses those now "passed" for workshops or art exhibitions. The computers that the group receives less old, mostly in the donation, are used in an Access Space, where everyone has free access and can learn to work on the computer, create, and communicate online. The software used regularly are free and everyone is put in a position to know how to use: one of the ongoing projects is in fact "Grow Your Own Media Lab!" to form a network of collectives that, within Britain, giving rise to integrated projects for recycling of computers. The computers "antiques" are used to build installations and are exhibited in exhibitions and art events, to create the right awareness of the problem. As a result, new computers are donated to the collective RTI and the process of "recycling" he continues. Tatiana Bazzichelli